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14 February, 2020 11:59:01 AM

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Greek islanders take anti-camp protest to Athens

AFP, Athens
Greek islanders take anti-camp protest to Athens

Greek officials and residents from islands harbouring thousands of asylum-seekers staged a protest in Athens yesterday against plans to build new camps.

Dozens of demonstrators from the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos gathered outside the interior ministry, brandishing banners against the camps project.

The new conservative government which came to power in July has announced that the present camps, which are stretched several times beyond capacity, are to shut down this year. 

They are to be replaced with new, smaller facilities that are to be operational by mid-2020.

But authorities and residents on the five Aegean islands with camp facilities, which include Leros and Kos, have opposed the initiative.

The islanders demand the immediate removal of most of the asylum-seekers and accuse the EU of abandoning them.

“If we accept a (new) camp for 7,000 people, unofficially it could be 20-25,000 people,” said Georgios Stantzos, the mayor of eastern Samos.

The ongoing deadlock, five years after the height of the migration crisis, has caused exasperation among both island residents and asylum-seekers.

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